Lacrosse

Carolina students began playing lacrosse as a club sport in 1937, gathering enough support to elevate it to a varsity sport in 1949. By the 1970s the UNC—Chapel Hill team was competitive at the national level. The team won national championships in 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1991. While the team was successful, lacrosse still lagged in popularity at Carolina. In 1989 the Daily Tar Heel published "A Southerner's Guide to a Northern Sport" for students who were unfamiliar with the sport and its rules. Carolina began offering women's lacrosse as a varsity sport in 1994. The team quickly found success, making it to their first NCAA Final Four in 1997, and it won its first NCAA championship in 2013. The year 2016 was a high point for lacrosse at UNC—Chapel Hill when both the men's and women's teams won national championships.